Tuesday, 8 July 2014

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

Release Date: 22/05/14
Publisher:  Hodder


An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon. King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting DOCTOR SLEEP picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the 'steam' that children with the 'shining' produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant 'shining' power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes 'Doctor Sleep.' Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival ...The first print run of DOCTOR SLEEP in paperback has two jacket styles. These are only available while stocks last and if you are ordering online we cannot guarantee which cover you will receive.


Kubrick’s film of The Shining still scares the hell out of me and whilst I still get that delicious chill from the book, I always what would happen to Danny after the events in the original. Within the book, Danny, an alcoholic like his father, has to face his own hard truths as he discovers more children with their own versions of “The Shining” which leads him to face the darkness within.

All round it’s a book that whilst not truly classic King (as it’s not as dark) does have the hope of redemption within, backed up with the identifiable King writing style as well as solid prose and decent dialogue all round gave me a book that I had fun reading.

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